Korean Skyscraper “Reminiscent of 9/11”


A new skyscraper planned to grace the skyline of Seoul has been accused of resembling the spectacle of the World Trade Center under terrorist attack.


The structure, dubbed “The Cloud,” is intended as a high-rise apartment building and takes the form of a pair of towers connected by a cubistic blob of rooms.

Construction is currently scheduled for completion in 2015.

The public reaction to the design has so far not been enthusiastic – many have commented on it calling to mind either the explosions caused by planes impacting the WTC or the cloud of debris arising from their collapse.

Even those not so minded have called the design “gross” and “creepy,” presumably on the basis of sheer ugliness.

The building’s architects, MVRDV, are actually a Dutch firm, and strenuously claim that they had no idea the design brought to mind the defining atrocity of the previous decade:

“This design was in no way intended to be related to the events of 9/11, and we had no intention of building such a structure. We apologise for the fact that this offended your sentiments.”

However, they refuse to do anything about it, saying this is solely a matter for the client to determine.

Further complicating their version of events is the fact that they apparently already admitted to a Dutch paper that they were aware of the resemblance throughout the design process but went ahead anyway.

Korea can do no right as far as the majority of online Japanese are concerned, although for once they may have a point:

“It’s just creepy.”

“The design really is gross.”

“No design sense at all.”

“It’s a nice idea, but the execution is grotesque.”

“There is no plane sticking out of it. People are just imagining whatever they want.”

“Leaving aside the question of the design, there’s no way a bunch of filthy Koreans could build or live in such a structure.”

“It’d be like living in a tombstone. Awful.”

“It’s interesting. Ignore the critics and build it!”

“The whole design looks as though it is based on the theme of ‘collapse’.”

“Even if it doesn’t get levelled by an earthquake, it looks like something the northern Korean scum would aim at.”

“Korea and the Netherlands. An effective collaboration of scum.”

“I can’t help but think the client actually asked for it to be based on 9/11.”

“They ripped this off:”


“That’s amazing.”

“MVRDV’s other designs:”


“They just want to make everything float, it seems.”

“I can’t believe they didn’t realise the 9/11 thing.”

“It’s not that similar:”



“Do the Dutch hate the US or something?”

“I want to know what the Americans think of this.”

“Looks like they used Minecraft to make the blueprint…”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 12/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    And so life becomes more and more like some futuristic rpg.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:50 13/12/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Yep joke about it. Also remember to joke about it when ww3 starts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:35 14/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    if anyone in here is alive to read the joke. better yet, if you're still alive to see it

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 15/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    OMG, it's WW3 and shit looks like Final Fantasy 7 here!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:04 12/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    The only people being overly sensitive about this are the people here accusing Americans being overly sensitive about this even though Americans don't care.

    It's like you wait for any open opportunity to whine and complain about America even when it isn't relevant.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:53 13/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "The only people being overly sensitive about this are the people here accusing Americans being overly sensitive about this even though Americans don't care."

    You obviously haven't been introduced to America's religious right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:07 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You get potentially cancerous x-ray scans at your airports as a result of the WTC attacks. How do you expect people not to call you overly sensitive when you sacrifice your health for a fleeting sense of false security in response?

    Comment by Anonymous

    you know nothing about radioactive isotopes, or probably about chemestry. besides that, i saw the towers fall when I was 15 and even though the government taking away habeous corpus and things like that were stupid, it does look similar.

    Comment by Anonymous

    YOU are overly sensitive (and undereducated) if you think those scans will give anyone cancer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:22 13/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ad hominem is not an argument.

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    Comment by Vekou X
    17:25 16/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well then, i'd like them to build Doofenshmirtz Evil Inc. Building.. http://images.wikia.com/phineasandferb/images/7/7a/Doofenshmirtz_Evil_Inc._building.jpg

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:25 12/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    “Do the Dutch hate the US or something?”

    Yes they do, this is something Germans figured out a long time ago, they conspire against all western nation. Now bring their ugly design to asia too, they truly know no shame.

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    Comment by Mauvais
    20:53 12/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    There are only two things in this world I can't stand: People who are insensitive of other people's cultures... and the Dutch.

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    Comment by Gekokujou
    21:30 12/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Sure thing, Nigel Powers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:23 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Dutch don't hate anyone, as long as they don't interfere with our work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:42 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am pretty sure the Dutch hate Germans more than the Americans. Especially after the 3-0 beatdown... ouch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:11 12/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    As a Russian living in the Netherlands, I'd say that this is a pretty nice, original idea. I mean, why the fuck don't they build this kind of cool shit here, our buildings here are boring as hell.
    There are trees growing, and there's a pond. It's really pretty sweet.

    Seriously, Americans should really stop being butthurt and relate every fucking little thing happening in this world to themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:03 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Okay let's build twin mushroom cloud shaped buildings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And a Chernobyl shaped blob in Mother Russia. And if anyone complains, you can tell them to get over it, using internet slang like "butthurt" so we sound really intelligent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:45 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    In that case, forget about korea and just build the twin buildings in America, and why not, in New York

    The only ones not forgetting the tragedies of the past are victims and right-winged extremists, so just cut the crap and get over it, it's been 10 years, in this era, that's almost 2 lifetimes when something that changes the entire world comes every 5 years

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:20 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    might as well build this at ground zero of the WTC, and have the hotel ran and operated by turbaned sand niggers

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:14 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And a Chernobyl shaped blob in Mother Russia.

    Chernobyl is in Ukraine, not "Mother Russia".

    Okay let's build twin mushroom cloud shaped buildings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Analogy fail. The building in the story is in Korea not New York.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:25 15/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I will build Hitler kicking Stalin in the nuts in Georgia.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:20 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with you. I'm a Nederlander in hart en nieren and lived here my entire life. And it is true that our buildings lack originality, we could use some more variety. I don't get why Americans must be sensitive and believe that everything is about them.
    The Dutch might be the cheapskate-ist people in the world but the Americans are the most selfish.

    Also, I like to point out that a Russian living in the NL ain't dutch and that it isn't HIS country. Its our, the native people's, country. You should be grateful we welcomed you in our beautiful country.
    And if you don't like it here we're more than welcome to send you back to your own country so you can change things there according your views.

    As for the people complaining, it's build in Korea not America! Get over it!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:45 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Whats up with all the talk about Americans? The bloody posting says nothing about them, its the koreans/japs who complain about it -.-

    Also this didnt remind me of 9/11 in any way before i read the headline...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:58 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Americans aren't making a big deal about the building, so why are you making a big deal about Americans? Are you bitching just to bitch?

    Selfish: devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one's own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others.

    In that case, this would be you... bashing other people who aren't doing anything to suit your stereotypes and make yourself feel better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:53 19/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just trolling , but I agree with your statement. There has been no reference that Americans are complaining. And why that has to be the assumption, I don't understand. Although, after looking at the design, it does remind me of 911. The amount of racism here is unbelievable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:58 19/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not trolling but lurking.:)

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    Comment by cpc65
    11:43 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because in Russia, all buildings after the start of the 20th century have to be plain, cold, drab concrete with no soul.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:24 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hear in America that they have museums made out of glass with gardens on the roofs...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:55 13/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I also hear that those glass museums are build in an area with frequent earthquakes.
    How wizard!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Naaah,you just still being butthurt angry that USA BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF YOU IN THE GODDAMN COLDWAR.


    Comment by Anonymous
    10:23 12/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This is why, the world think we are retarded.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    hahahahah pobre pendejo americano

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:39 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know the Cold War wasn't actually a war right? Hence the name.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:45 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmmm thats weird I wonder why they fought in all those East Asian countries then...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:26 15/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    A Colder War

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:15 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hm. All I see here is an odd chant cheering on rabbits... americans be weird, stop using japanese words in weird ways.

    Oh, and rabbits are nice and fluffy!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:58 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If anyone actually thinks this poster is American you're a fucking idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:55 11/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    5 bucks they just hate it because it's Korean.

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    Comment by Tiax Anderson
    00:30 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    RVRDV's Dutch apparently
    *is Dutch, didn't know*

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 12/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    “Korea and the Netherlands. An effective collaboration of scum.”

    that were the easiest 5 bucks ever

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 12/12/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    so wat?
    the non-american world can't seem to forget the day that big mr.america wet his pants?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:49 11/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    looks like a building with tumour
    couldnt care less about 9/11

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    Comment by uber phallas
    20:03 11/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I think that is creative and beautiful, people are too sensitive these days.

    If someone made a theme park with an underground ride named "Boom Boom subway of London" I will laugh first then take a ride in it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:39 12/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    'people are too sensitive these days.'

    No, we are not too sensitive.

    The problem is that our deeply interesting traumas have made us into special snowflakes, and hateful bigots like you cannot appreciate us.

    This cloud building reminds me of the time I fell down and skinned my knee, and thus the Dutch hate my knees.

    What you fail to understand is that it's all about ME.

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    Comment by Miroku74
    06:40 13/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    People are people, and will look for the smallest bullshit pretext to complain about something.

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    Comment by TNinja
    08:25 12/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I don't care about the 9/11 thing, but I really don't like that... blocky design. :V

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:54 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Looks like they designed it by first by making a small scale prototype out of lego...

    The only thing art and architecture should have in common is they both start with the letter a.

    Sure, a bit is ok, but this looks like it is art that can be lived in instead of a asthetically pleasing building.

    09:19 12/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It was designed by a 6 year old playing with legos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:20 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    It's a small matter, but it looks like some rooms won't get sunlight under the floating rooms too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:22 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty much this.
    I don't mind it too much but if i had to live near it then it would probably start to annoy me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:55 12/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's been 10 years, while 3000 people die to auto accidents in the US every year. Where's the bleeding heart for them? This sensitive crap should have an expiration date. Time to move on.

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    Comment by aoitoriko
    02:19 12/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's generated by the media, scummy politicians and selfish relatives of victims looking for more money and somebody to feel sorry for them.

    You're right, if any of those 3000 would have died in a car accident or slipped on a bar of soap in the bathtub nobody would give a shit anymore and their families would have moved on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:49 12/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    911 was used as a tool so USA can invade other countries even easier and it worked.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:20 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dunno.
    3000 slip on a bar of soap one day.
    All die.

    I'd be tossing out all bars of soap and replacing with body wash the next day...
    As would at least 25% of all Americans (and possibly others) who survived the ordeal.
    At least we have an explanation for the whole Twin Tower incident. Mass bar-of-soap incidents, on the other hand, are creepy.

    In other words, I enjoyed writing this scenario based on your bad example. =)

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:53 12/12/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Are you an idiot?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:12 12/12/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Fuck you, you self-important basement dwelling zilch.

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    03:26 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If some Americans cannot move on after they hear "December 7, 1941", what more of "September 11, 2001"?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    They can do this building in ny and do i fucking care?

    cry baby, cry to your mother, the which you fuck

    Comment by Anonymous

    You have no idea what happened do you?

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    02:42 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't really like it. Maybe I don't appreciate modern architecture enough, but, 9/11 aside, it doesn't appeal much to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:26 12/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    their other works have some interesting ones, but yeah, this one is just weird.

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